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Community Based Services Plans Merger with In Flight, Inc.

New Partnership will Enhance Services for New York’s Disability Community

Community Based Services (CBS) today announced plans to merge with In Flight, Inc., a New York-based organization that provides residential, community, and day habilitation services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  This transformative partnership will further CBS’s mission and reach to provide innovative programs and quality support to people with autism and other disabilities and their families in the New York area.


“This merger not only addresses the post-COVID challenges of staffing shortages, stringent regulations and escalating inflation, but also aligns with CBS’s strategic plan to seek collaborations with like-minded organizations that maintain high standards of excellence,” said Chief Strategy Officer Bhakar Singh, who is the lead CBS staff member facilitating the merger. Singh has begun the process of obtaining the necessary New York State governmental approvals for the merger and expects it to be completed by January 2024.


CBS provides comprehensive services in the lower to mid-Hudson Valley, and In Flight, Inc., based in Red Hook, NY, operates in Dutchess, Ulster, Columbia, and Greene Counties. Singh explained that “the merger aims to enhance the quality, creativity, and scope of existing and new support services within the Hudson Valley and Capital Regions. The combined leadership teams will work collaboratively to achieve operational efficiencies and enhanced service delivery.”


With compatible organizational cultures, CBS says the merger will not result in any layoffs, and will create greater opportunities for staff growth and development. This, in turn, will empower the organization to continually improve salaries and benefits over time.


Community Based Services will be the surviving entity of the merger and Chief Executive Officer Vicki Sylvester, Ph.D, will continue to lead the organization. CEO of In Flight, Inc., Matt Bateman, will assume the role of Chief Administrator in the newly merged organization.

“Both agencies are known for high standards and excellence in service delivery. Many of the services provided by each entity complement one another. This enhances the services provided to individuals with disabilities in a larger geographic area. I strongly believe that bringing our two agencies together will create an even stronger, more robust organization."

“We are enthusiastic about joining forces with CBS,” states Matt Bateman. “Our collective expertise and shared values will undoubtedly elevate the services we offer and amplify the positive impact on the people we serve.”



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